Time contracts, expands, swallows and spits you out into this instant, which feels—depending on your perspective—either impossibly remote from where you were two years ago or barely removed from it at all. Flight delays, breakups, bouts of serious illness—all can bring you back to the high school classroom where it’s somehow slo-mo clock. You feel every tick. Meanwhile, an uneventful year can spool out in what feels like six days. Or maybe the reverse is true for you. The perception of time is intensely personal, not to mention effectively unmeasurable. But few if any internal clocks are synced to UTC—no one experiences time at an even, unvarying rate. For this week’s Giz Asks, we’ve reached out to a number of experts to find out why. Aaron Sackett Associate Professor, Marketing, University of St. Thomas, who research focuses on judgement and decision-making, among other things One of the main reasons our perception of time fluctuates … [Read more...] about Why Does Time Slow Down and Speed Up?
Photographer Todd Terwilliger calls this picture "Skull Flower," for reasons that should be obvious. Its resemblance to a human cranium is, of course, purely coincidental — yet the urge for our minds to register this plant as a piece of human anatomy is all but impossible to resist. But why? The one-word answer, as some of you may know, is "pareidolia." But here's what you don't know: scientists this week presented some of the most compelling evidence to date that this pscyhological phenomenon is mediated by a region of the brain known as the fusiform gyrus. How did they find this culprit? Simple: by jolting that part of the brain with electricity, and watching their test subject's perception of reality liquefy into mind-bending absurdity. Advertisement But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Those familiar with pareidolia can skip to the neurobiology and mind-melting below — but for the uninitiated, what is this "pareidolia," exactly? Seeing What Isn't There Basically, … [Read more...] about What makes us see Jesus in a taco, or a human face on Mars?
Jon Rothstein is a real person. He was born in a town at the very outermost edge of what could be called exurban New York City and has covered sports for a living virtually from the moment he graduated from Ithaca College. Rothstein won a Dream Job contest at New York’s ESPN sports radio station, 1050 AM, back in 2004—“he showed a lot of passion, a lot of knowledge,” the station’s program director told the New York Daily News—and in the years since he has written columns and done countless radio hits and television appearances and web videos. He has been at CBS Sports since 2010. Today, Rothstein spends a good portion of the college basketball season on CBS Sports Network, where he is energetic and informed and reliably well-dressed; people who cover college basketball games see him in the press room after the game, always in the front row, always with a thoughtful question for the coaches, and always, one veteran college basketball reporter told me, … [Read more...] about This Is “This Is March”: Unpacking College Basketball’s Most Uncanny Twitter Account
You’ve likely heard that keeping secrets is a burden emotionally, but new research in the Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests it may also be a physical encumbrance. The research suggests that when you’re holding onto a secret you can’t judge spatial distance and you rate physical tasks more difficult than they really are. In several experiments the researchers found that keeping big secrets like infidelity made people less likely to perform heavy tasks and they lost the ability to accurately judge distance. The researchers explain: People who recalled, were preoccupied with, or suppressed an important secret estimated hills to be steeper, perceived distances to be farther, indicated that physical tasks would require more effort, and were less likely to help others with physical tasks. The more burdensome the secret and the more thought devoted to it, the more perception and action were influenced in a manner similar to carrying physical weight. … [Read more...] about Keeping Secrets Can Make You Physically Weaker
Oh, Ferrari. You make such lovely, fast cars. But, damn, are you in some serious denial right now. The Italian automaker is currently involved in a stupid tiff with a wealthy German fashion designer whose aesthetic sensibilities seem to be based on the result of mixing Red Bull and puréed Euro notes with the collected crotch sweat from a Berlin discotheque. Ferrari wants the designer, Philip Plein, to remove pictures of his own cars from his Instagram account, because they feel his feed “tarnishes the reputation of Ferrari’s brands.” Ferrari, you deluded fools: this kind of wealth-can’t-buy-taste shit is the reputation of Ferrari’s brands. Advertisement Here’s a sample of one of the images Ferrari finds troubling: Those are Plein’s shoes sitting there on his matching electro-lime green 12-cylinder Ferrari 812 Superfast. Sure, he’s using the car as a prop to suggest the sort of associations he wants with his shoes, but he’s … [Read more...] about Ferrari Wants Instagrammer To Remove Pics Of His Car Because It’s Delusional About Who Buys Ferraris